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Objects + Rituals

Objects and rituals go hand-in-hand. Many rituals are practiced with the help of objects – historically things like cauldrons, masks, libation vessels come to mind. Rituals can also be designed around well-considered objects. For example, using a carefully chosen object for a daily task can elevate it from a mundane habit to a meaningful ritual – turning a common object into something more sacred.

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The romantic blacksmith

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Things have gone wrong

Valerie’s moods

Biological, geological, temporal

An invitation to occupy and the twelve obsessions

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Al Stark

Kevin Billiau

Kris Coad

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Objects + Rituals

Daily Rituals Videos

Wonderfully weird rituals

Rituals of reading and walking

New Day

WHEN Friday 29.5 at 7.30PM for an 8PM start
WHERE Mosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar

Fragile First Impressions

WHEN Until Sunday 14.6
WHERE Nishi Gallery

Frackman

WHEN Monday 15.6
WHERE Dendy Cinema, Civic

Sky watching

WHEN Friday 22.5, 12.6, 24.7 and 25.9
WHERE Mt. Stromlo Observatory

World record for stargazing

WHEN Friday 21.8
WHERE Mt. Stromlo Observatory via Cotter Road

How to make ice cream

WHEN Saturday 6.6 10AM to 12PM
WHERE YMCA Bush Capital Lodge

MOTHER OF OTHERNESS EAT ME - SYLVIA PLATH

Recipes

Eggplant, smoked goat’s curd, katsuobushi and sesame

Sean's recipe for his eggplant, smoked goat’s curd, katsuobushi and sesame dish.

Recipes

Crumpets

Sean's crumpet recipe! Butter! Honey!

ADAM GOODRUM Lee Grant

Adam Goodrum

Adam Goodrum designed the concrete benches found around NewActon, the wooden bowls found in each hotel room, the stools and chairs and the feasting table found in the Monster kitchen and bar… Yes he has been a busy man.

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WHAT WE ARE PUTTING ON THE BOOKSHELF

Still lives

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Junk Drawer Number Five

The dog I love

WHAT WE FOUND IN THAT DRAWER

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WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. — Marshall McLuhan. 

McLuhan said this in 1965 in reference to ‘Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’ (1963) by Buckminster Fuller, as quoted from ‘Paradigms Lost: Learning from Environmental Mistakes, Mishaps and Misdeeds’ (2005) by Daniel Vallero, p. 367.


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The romantic blacksmith

Meet David Aarons. He is a maker. He makes things out of metal. Big things often, 600 kilogram steel doors, you know, the usual. David is the modern day blacksmith who worked on the Nishi building (where Hotel Hotel lives).  David and his assistant Jun are the guys that figure out how to take a design and make it a functional object: doors, tables, bikes, lights you name it, they figure out how to make it.

David asserts that he isn’t an artist, but he is wrong, there is a magnificent artistry to his making – he uses his hands, brains and heart to create functional and beautiful forms.

Tucked away in the un-poetic suburb of Mitchell, surrounded by machines that themselves look like sculptures, David spends his days testing different reactions to wood, the strength of the bolts he makes, drilling holes to precise sizes, welding, reassembling, cutting… Figuring out how to hang that 600 kilo door (lovingly designed for Hotel Hotel by March studio and Molonglo Group) so that it can be pushed open (by the average person that doesn’t happen to be part of the national bodybuilder team).

Milling machine

Drafting table that David converted into a welding table

As a kid David was forever taking things apart to see how they worked, now he is putting them together. His warm, gentle manner and quiet consideration is in stark contrast to the cold, hard metals he uses in his trade. In casual conversation he will often bring up his wife and how he loves her now more than when they first got together.

Neither romance, nor the art of blacksmithing are dead.

Metal tube bender

Radial belt sander

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AL STARK Lee Grant

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Al Stark

Al Stark has worked on lots of aspects of Hotel Hotel. From the conceptual to the physical – original artworks (found in the public lounge, Monster kitchen and bar, in the rooms and in the Mosaic room to name a few), uniforms, sculptures and umbrellas… Not just a beautifully nostalgic illustrator, Al really thinks about spatial dimensions and how to fill them.

Operating outside of conventional art institutions, Al Stark’s artistic practice ranges from folk architecture, spatial design, film, wall painting, drawing, and gypsy tattooing… We could go on. His canvas to date has included public and private walls, a 60 metre lift shaft, intricately made masks, paper, leather, wood and bodies. His work forms a personal universe that explores gender politics, religion, and his explanation of the human psyche through text, the figurative and a heavy dose of abstract symbolism.

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WHAT WE ARE PUTTING ON THE BOOKSHELF

Business

Corporate fashion, how gas stations might reflect what is going on in society, landfills, shooting ranges and intergalactic battles.

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Junk Drawer Number Four

Some favourite buildings

WHAT WE FOUND IN THAT DRAWER

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This week

What's on in May

Monthly Calendar

Art, Class, Dance, Eat Drink, Film, Live, Music, Party, Talk, Walkabout

The Best of What’s On in May

Live Walkabout

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New Day

'New Day' is Luke Chiswell's first fashion collection. Silk, canvas, linen, lace with a touch of Chiswell.

WHENFriday 29.5 at 7.30PM for an 8PM start
WHEREMosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar
COSTFree
GOLukey

Art

Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

Fragile First Impressions

The vast majority of the tens of thousands of images across the Warddeken Indigenous Area are not sacred paintings in the sense of being set apart from everyday life. They are story paintings...

WHENUntil Sunday 14.6
WHERENishi Gallery
COSTFree
GOFacey

Class

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Non dairy milk making

Evangeline Lam on how to make milk from almonds, cashews and coconuts! And how to make a cashew nut cream. Erm yum.

WHENSaturday 30.5 10AM to 12PM
WHERECanberra Environment Centre
COST$20
GOTickets

Music Walkabout

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Dark Arts

The NGA are leaving the doors open after they close. It's a chance to check out the architecture (designed by Sydney bros Edwards Madigan Torzillo) at night time.

WHENFriday 29.5 6PM
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTTickets from $15
GONGA

Art

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Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture

If you need respite from those mean streets of Canberra, head on into Streetwise, a survey of 15 years of Australian screen printing.

WHENUntil Sunday 7.6
WHERENGA Contemporary
COSTFree
GONGA

Art

KANGAROO HUNT BY Jakamarra an old man Tanami Desert 1934

Warlpiri Drawings

A collection of artworks by Warlpiri people from the 1950s to now.

WHENUntil Sunday 31.5
WHERENational Museum of Australia
COSTFree
GONMA

Film

Who-Am-I-No-System-is-Safe

German Film Festival

A scheiße load of films from Germany - computer hacking, lust, sects...

WHENFrom 20.5 to 27.5
WHEREPalace Electric
GOProgram

Film

the-beekeeper

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

The Melbourne based Human Rights Arts and Film Festival are taking the show on the road and with it some really good films on human rights issues.

WHENFriday 22.5 Saturday 23.5 Sunday 24.5 Monday 25.5
WHEREPalace Electric
GOTickets

Music Party

A Good Back Garden Arthur Peck Photograph Collection

Nice Verdes

Nigel and Beth having a house concert at the end of May! The friends you never had’s (or maybe you did you lucky duck) backyard. Nice Verdes are playing.

WHENWednesday 27.5
WHERENigel and Beth's place
GONigel and Beth's

Dance

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Giselle

The story of a lass called Giselle who loves a lad who is actually engaged to a different lass… Giselle dies of a broken heart.

WHENUntil Tuesday 26.5
WHERECanberra Theatre Centre
COSTFrom $79
GOTickets

Dance Walkabout

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No lights no lycra

A chance to dance however the hell you want to for an hour and a half on a Wednesday night. No Lights No Lycra are the organisers, DJs and controllers of the light switch, which they will turn off.

WHENWednesdays 7.30PM
WHERESt John’s Anglican Church
COST$5
GONLNL

Art

Within_Without_Lee-Grant

James Turrell – a retrospective

This exhibition will show you why James Turrell is one of the most important contemporary artists of our time.

WHENUntil Tuesday 8.6
WHERENational Gallery of Australia
COSTFrom $20.40
GONGA

Class

yoga

Yoga

Odona does Hatha yoga in the Mosaic room.

WHENSaturdays 8AM to 9.15AM
WHEREMosaic room, Hotel Hotel
COSTFrom $15
GOFlow yoga

Art

Have you forgotten yet?' from Requiem in Pace series by Lee Grant

All that fall

Works on loss and absence… A moving portrait of loss during the First World War.

WHENUntil Sunday 26.7
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Art

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Urban Suburban

An exhibition about the best bits of Canberra, independent of our national monuments and galleries.

WHENUntil Sunday 21.6
WHERECanberra Museum and Gallery
COSTFree
GOCMAG

Art

The Christening Sarah Rhodes 2014

Portrait Prize

The National Photographic Portrait Prize - an exhibition of photographic portraits by a mix of Australian professionals and amateurs.

WHENUntil Monday 6/6
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
COSTFree
GONPG

Class

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Life drawing

Local artist Meg Morton does life drawing classes.

WHENSecond and last Tuesday 6PM to 8PM
WHEREMonster kb
COST$20
GOBook

The riso dude

This is Xavier of Dawn Press, the laid-back, ever-patient riso dude who helped us figure out the best way to print our stationary.

Xavier started out as a photographer looking for a way to print a book of his works without having to pimp himself out to pay the printing bill. Surrounded by artist and designer friends looking around for something similar, after researching the Risograph printer, he decided to go ahead and buy one. As a photographer a bit turned off by the move from analogue to digital, the riso was a nice way for Xavier to mess about with stuff as he did in the dark room… With a bit more light and a few less chemicals.

As Xavier says, it’s probably the only printing process where people come to you and say “I want it to look fucked up”. At a traditional printer you keep your eye out for imperfections with the final product and when you find them you usually have a good old yell at the printer. Not so with the riso, the beauty is often in the imperfections. Just like a screen print where each layer of ink is applied one after the other, the alignment of each layer will probably be a bit off. What you get is a one off piece of printing (even if you have set the machine to print say 200 copies of something) where each bit of paper that comes out the end as its own little piece of art. You shouldn’t set out for that fucked up look though says Xavier, it’s about doing a good job on the print, experimenting and having a surprise at the end of a job (no, gutter face).

Xavier talks about the riso machine as a way to express the idea of things, the feeling of things, rather than being an exact copy of the things themselves.

As well as the artistic values of the process, Xavier also points out the opportunity to apply printing hierarchy according to use. Single use items such as letters can be printed with just one or two colours, thus saving on the use of inks (saving money and resources) whereas more treasured, multiple-use items like menus or postcards can use more colours.

Xavier Connelly

All images by Lee Grant

Nishi wall

David Aaron's metal machine

The Nishi building

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